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To me it seems as if its a rip off to get you to upgrade to 64bit when you want to upgrade your ram. Why dont they just make all windows's OS 64bit?
Edited by sabbathcrazy - 2/28/12 at 1:46pm
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When an OS is developed, the developes try to anticipate what the most memory anyone would ever want to use. They miss-guess, often.
"Why would anyone ever need more than 640K of memory?" IBM.

It's just that, in the computer world, everyhing doubles every 6 months.
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Well theres this. Businesses use machines that have programs that do not require a large amount of memory. So they typically only get the amount that they will ever need to run the program. No reason for them to have double or triple of what they will need. Its a cost issue. If you have a work computer that only uses 512MB of memory to run a program and the rest of the computer why would you get a machine with 2GB or more memory? You get a machine with 2GB of memory. Then you have enough to run the machine plus extra for updates and multitasking.

Take my job. I work at a hotel as a front Desk Clerk. The computers we have run a Windows based program called SoftHotel. The entire machine with 3 IE Tabs open runs maybe 20% RAM Usage. 24/7 We have IBM Towers with E8400 CPU and 2GB RAM(not sure but I think its all DDR3. Don't quote me) We will never need any more than 2GB. We have 3 of these and they all run Windows XP. One of them is even folding for me 24/7 and only using 40% of the total RAM available.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

When an OS is developed, the developes try to anticipate what the most memory anyone would ever want to use. They miss-guess, often.
"Why would anyone ever need more than 640K of memory?" IBM.
It's just that, in the computer world, everyhing doubles every 6 months.

simply put this^^^^. at first 4GB was more than developers though was needed.. then as OS's and software became my advanced and larger in size they started to eat up bit by bit more memory so to compensate for future growth 64bit systems were created and i dont expect in my life time that 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 bytes of RAM is the thoeritcal amount that 64bit systems can address will ever be reached.. thumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stubass View Post

simply put this^^^^. at first 4GB was more than developers though was needed.. :

it still is.....

Most of the computers in the worls have less than 2 gigs of memory, so there is little software that can take advantage of more, other than with multipasking. rendering, etc.

I run Solidworks on a single core with 2 gigs and have no problems unless I try and do something really big/complex, then it's just a little slow.
Edited by billbartuska - 3/13/12 at 1:23pm
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64-bit is not just about RAM....
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64bit is enough... oh here goes 128bit!

 
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Well, with Vista it was being installed on some systems that weren't capable of 64-bit, like Pentium 4s. I don't know about Win 7, but it may also be the case for that. I would think that by Win 8, anything that can run it would be capable, but I don't know. I think they could help the transition along by not making the 32-bit version of Win 8 available as a retail (standalone) product, and let the OEMs choose the version to install on prebuilt systems. Then the next one could be 64-bit only.
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